March 24, 2018

ALA Launches “45-115 Federal Initiative” to Promote Libraries’ National Agenda

From the American Library Association: Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals […]

American Library Association (ALA) Begins “Rethinking” Annual Conference

From a Post on the ACRL Insider Blog by ALA Conference Committee Chair Clara N. Bohrer: The ALA Conference Committee is seeking your assistance as we rethink the ALA Annual Conference, looking at member experience, conference-based collaboration and networking, learning and sustainability. [Clip] Our focus is the best possible conference experience for all participants, forward-focused innovation, and […]

Missouri: “Kansas City Library Officials Defend Employee Arrested During Public Event”

UPDATE October 3, 2016 ALA President Julie Todaro Responds to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Free Speech Arrests From The Kansas City Star: Kansas City Public Library officials said Friday they are outraged that the city continues to pursue the prosecution of an employee and a patron arrested at a public event earlier this year. […]

Print Disabled: Marrakesh Treaty Enters Into Force Today

Three posts about today’s news are linked below. From World Intellectual Property Office: The “books for blind” treaty entered into force on September 30, 2016, three months after it gained the necessary 20 ratifications or accessions by WIPO member states. “This is a wonderful day for visually impaired people around the world, who will from […]

Mississippi: County Budget Cuts Force Indefinite Closure of All Public Libraries in Perry County

From WDAM: County budget cuts have forced the closure of all three public libraries in Perry County. Libraries in Richton, New Augusta and Beaumont will close their doors Friday afternoon. Charles Cox, director of the Pine Forest Regional Library System, which operates the libraries, said three employees will lose their jobs. A post on the […]

Oklahoma: After a Three-Year, $50 Million Renovation, Tulsa’s Central Library Reopens Tomorrow (Audio, Photos)

From Tulsa Public Radio: After a three-year closure for a top-to-bottom, inside and out renovation, Tulsa’s Central Library reopens Saturday at 11 a.m. The makeover hasn’t been just about looks. Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer promised patrons are getting a 21st Century library out of the $50 million overhaul. [Clip] A group from Portland, […]

Hartford Courant Op/Ed by Four Legendary Librarians: “Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach”

From an Op/Ed in the Hartford Courant: We are the four librarians who fought a government gag order a decade ago when FBI agents demanded library records under the Patriot Act and told us, under penalty of criminal prosecution, that we couldn’t talk about it. We members of what the media called “the Connecticut Four” […]

Funding: IMLS Has Just Awarded 44 National Leadership and Sparks! Grants Totaling $10.5 Million

From IMLS: Today the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded 44 grants, totaling $10,545,493, through three key library and museum grant programs. The funds are being awarded through the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums Program, the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program, and the Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries Program. [Clip] National […]

New Reports: Trends on Use of Public Libraries, Reading Habits, and Bookstores in U.S.


Three new reports released today by the Humanities Indicators project from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. From HI: In new releases today, the Humanities Indicators report on measures of U.S. reading habits, noting a recent decline in time spent reading for pleasure and substantial declines in the number of bookstores and visits to public libraries. […]

Roundup: Ride and Read Project Launches as Bibliotech Library in Texas Begins Providing Library Kiosks at Bus Stops

From Texas Public Radio: Just in time for Bibliotech’s third anniversary, the library has struck a new partnership to expand its reach and provide library materials to a new community of patrons who otherwise might find it hard to go to a library. VIA [the Greater San Antonio Region bus system] riders will be able […]